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by George Skentzos

Seemingly in response to the Mitsubishi Evolution’s SST dual-clutch transmission, Subaru has launched a new automatic version of its flagship Impreza WRX STI in Japan.

The new Impreza WRX STI A-Line uses a five-speed Sportshift transmission from rally-experts Prodrive, with steering wheel mounted shift paddles to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel.

A downshift blipping control system has been included which interacts with the engine management system to match engine revs instantly when changing down gears.

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line

This is in an effort to make the WRX STI more comfortable, with eight-way power adjustable front seats and a new ‘Satin Pearl White’ body colour now available on all STI variants, as well as optional heated leather front seats.

2009 Subaru Impreza WRX STI A-Line

The A-Line is currently available in Japan, although international sales are yet to be confirmed.




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